Religious Education at Chalice!
A place for wonder. A place for fun.
Welcome, welcome everyone!
Chalice Family Update
September 22, 2022
In September, we are on the path of Belonging!
Why go to church or a spiritual community?
Sunday morning at 10am
with Rev. Nica Eaton-Guinn
Why do you attend Chalice? Is it for the community, the spiritual growth, or the commitment to justice work and love in action? Is it because of the friendly people of all ages, our wonderful children and elders, reminding you, you are not alone in this world? Is it for the music, or the many small group activities we offer? Whatever your reasons for coming to Chalice, today we will celebrate belonging to such an extraordinary Fellowship that honors who we are and challenges us to grow into the best version of ourselves.
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Families welcome! The Joy Corner is open! Younger Children will be sung out part way through the service and guided to our Childspace to wiggle about. Older children and teens are invited to stay in the service with their families.
Sunday, September 18–
Choose the space that suits your needs!
Innovations Room: An Interconnected Web
Serenity Room: Enso – Zen Art
Reflections Room: Bart Gets an F
YRUU (high school teens): Coffee Talk
For room descriptions, see below…
RE is evolving…
It doesn’t matter your age, what space speaks to you? In this time of new beginnings, Chalice Religious Education (RE) is putting the power of the spiritual journey in the hands of our children and teens. Participate in the space that excites you and and engages your spirit. Read more about these changes below…
Innovations Room (formerly Lower Elementary) – This is a space for movement and meeting those tactile, hands-on needs. Children will explore our faith through messy art, music and dance, games, science experiments, team building exercises, and more. How does our faith move you?
Serenity Room (formerly Upper Elementary) – This is a calm, quieter space meant for those who need a more meditative space or have social anxieties. Children will explore our faith through storytelling, meditation, quiet art, books, and more. This is a cozy space with a couch, bean bag chairs, and area rug. Our children’s library is also being relocated to this room for easier access by our families. How does our faith soothe you?
Reflections Room (formerly Middle School) – This is a space for sharing and listening, for those who are seeking discussion and healthy debate. Children will explore our faith through watching videos, light moderated debates, active listening, Chat Lava, and more. How does our faith speak to you?
Teens, we haven’t forgotten about you! YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is a sacred space for our high school youths and will remain so. We will watch videos and listen to music, dive deeper into monthly themes, explore our spirituality and social justice, and take the occasional trip down to the patio for some Coffee Talk. Of course, if another room calls to one of our teens, they are more than welcome to explore other spaces. How does our faith encourage growth?
Oh parents! Some of you have been enjoying getting to know each other in The Nest (formerly Adult Lounge). Parents and caregivers meet here while their children go to their own RE groups. This is a parent-led space for you to check in, chat, and enjoy the opportunity to build and strengthen friendships among one another. Both Rev. Nica and Sam will pop in from time to time to say ‘hi’ and hear how you all are doing. How does our faith inspire connection?
Young Adult Hangout (18-25) Sept. 23
(RSVP by Thursday evening!)
Dinner * Trivia * Friends * More!
6-8pm in the Social Hall at Chalice
RSVP here: bit.ly/ChaliceYA
Is there something you want to see or do at your Hangout? Let Sam know! email@example.com
Connecting communities, big and small!
Saturday, Oct. 1, 4-6pm
Chalice Fellowship Hall, Social Hall
Chalice families will come together on the first Saturday of each month to enjoy a potluck and contribute to our community project–building care kits for the unhoused community. Bring a potluck item to share, and select an item from our SignUpGenius list to donate to our care kits. We will eat, build, and give together!
Find the care kit items list here: bit.ly/FamiliesCare
Have you registered yet?? Don’t miss out!
Cluster Retreat – October 14-16
We have our cluster camp up in the mountains at Camp deBenneville the weekend of October 14, 15 & 16th (Friday Dinner through Sunday breakfast). Mark your calendars now, more information will be coming soon!
There is limited space.
If interested or for more information, contact Sharon Damarell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each week we will offer book suggestions for all ages, books that celebrate diverse identities, resist stereotypes, and uplift social justice. Whether you choose to purchase the books, borrow them from a friend, or check them out from your local library, we hope you enjoy these stories featuring characters from a wide range of communities.
*Credit given to RebekahGienapp.com for most suggestions
Dinner on Domingos by Alexandra Katona (ages 4-8)
Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade (ages 5-9)
Ma Ganga and the Razai Box by Geeta Dharmarajan (ages 8-12)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
It’s that time!
OWL Information Night
Wednesday, October 19 6:30-8pm
We are giving participants the choice of attending the meeting in person in the Social Hall or virtually!
Please let us know which you prefer. We will send you the Zoom link when you RSVP for the virtual meeting.
To RSVP or for more information: OWL@chaliceuu.org
Unfortunately, we cannot offer childcare at this time.
We also require masks to be worn if you choose to join us in person.
Sexuality is Honored Here.
Our Whole Lives is a secular, comprehensive sexuality education program created by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. From kindergarten to adult, age appropriate classes provide information in a safe, positive and healthy environment.
Classes start early 2023.
Crossing Paths – for Adults!
Our popular interfaith exploration program is back and just for the grown ups! The program includes an emphasis on theological grounding, a distinct take on religious pluralism (“Many Mountains, Many Paths”) and an abundance of experiential learning while also maintaining a focus on UU identity formation. Each month a new religion is explored, including Buddhism, Catholicism, Quakerism, Paganism, and more.
Each Sunday we will share in discussions, activities, videos, music, and games while we practice our Unitarian Universalist Principles of “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” and “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
In October we will explore… Unitarian Universalism!
When: Sundays, 1-2:30pm (no meeting 10/16)
Where: Social Hall at Fellowship Hall (Please wear your mask)
Please RSVP for October sessions here: https://bit.ly/ChaliceCP Space is limited.
Questions: Email Sam Dickerson email@example.com
Sycamore Canyon Campout
Nov. 4th – 6th
$52 per adult for the weekend (no cost for children)
Day visitors welcome $12 per car (payable at park entrance)
Hikes, rock painting, visits to the beach, sing-alongs, and a Sunday service
For more information, see your News & Notes or email Katie Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Spots are limited! RSVP on SignUpGenius now!
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset September 25
Known as the Jewish New Year, “Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.” – History.com
Enjoy the video below for a deeper explanation of this high holy day.